Sad news for fans of Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, the fez-and-bowtie-wearing, fish-fingers-and-custard-eating, proclaimer of what is cool. Smith, the current star of the long-running British TV show Doctor Who, has announced he will be exiting the show.
If you’ve seen Orphan Black, the BBC America TV show whose season 1 finale airs June 1, you’d know that our antihero, Sarah, is a clone. Now someone is going clone hunting, and it’s up to Sarah and her new-found clone sisters to learn who is behind their deaths—and their lives—before it’s too late. In a phone interview with the creators of Orphan Black, co-creator John Fawcett said, “We saw an amazing chance in concept of cloning to create a character-driven series.”
In the year 2071, planet Earth breaks up with humanity. Not only that, she wants us to leave the house. That’s the premise of After Earth, which begins one thousand years after we’ve packed our bags and hightailed it off the planet. And during those thousand years Earth has evolved just fine without us. So when Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (played by real-life son Jaden Smith) are forced to return, our ex will do anything to make them leave. And that’s where the movie fun begins.
LEGO Star Wars isn’t a just set of LEGO bricks or even an epic videogame series. It’s also a three-part television series, the last of which airs tonight at 8 pm on the Cartoon Network. It’s a sly, funny poke at the movies we all know and love, much like Seth Green’s Robot Chicken cartoons, but with fewer four-letter words.
Money doesn’t grow on trees. Money doesn’t fall from the sky. Money doesn’t come in a pot at the end of the rainbow. But for people like David Gonzalez, money comes in unexpected places…and in unexpected forms. Within the walls of an abandoned house he had recently purchased and planned to remodel, Gonzalez found an issue of Action Comics #1.
Leonard Nimoy didn’t know why the creators of the recent Star Trek-based Audi commercial had asked him to sing a few bars of his hilariously campy song from 1967, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” “I said, if you want me to do it, I’ll do it. I don’t know why it’s in the spot.” Nimoy, who created the role of Spock in the 1967-1969 series Star Trek, told me in a telephone interview that the response to song “was a complete surprise to me.”
Reading and writing fan fiction is a pastime I’ve enjoyed for years, and I’m not the only one: Fanfiction.net, a clearinghouse of fan fiction from across dozens of television shows, movies, and books, has millions of stories in its ever-growing repository. Once considered the domain of science fiction fans (although much older than that) now spread over non-genre television shows such as House and Gilmore Girls, fanfic has long been considered a copyright violation lawsuit in the making. Now Amazon is giving fan fiction the legitimacy it needs and deserves. With caveats.
Nothing shows your alliance to your favorite geek pastime like, say, a Batman t-shirt. But not everyone works in a Silicon Valley, where employees can roll in to the office in streetwear. And although dress has become more casual since the Mad Men era (ties for men, matching shoes and bag for women), some offices prefer business dress for their employees.
Let’s cut to the chase. Unlike the misfired Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (STID) is an extremely good Trek film. While not perfect, STID gives us a well-paced and action-filled 132 minutes with all the characters we know and love (Captain James T. Kirk, the Vulcan first officer Spock, the cantankerous doctor McCoy, and the rest of the crew), along with moments film-goers are hoping to see…and more than a few they won’t see coming.
When I think of Star Wars, I think of fabulous space mystics with swords that go “whoosh.” And when I think of Star Wars locations, I think Tunisia, Death Valley, and Elstree Studios, one of several studios in Elstree and Borehamwood, England. So does Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas’ heir to the Lucasfilm throne. Kennedy and company have announced they’ll be returning to the studio where most of Lucasfilm’s movies were shot.